Tuesday, 26 March 2013


Artists Trading Cards

Artist Trading Cards are mini 2.5 x 3.5 inch works of art.

I received these cards from overseas recently. 

I have been involved in an Artists Trading Card Swap among 25 Doodlers and Zentanglers.

These are the first  five I received. I will post the rest as I get them. 



It is always very interesting to see other people work close up. Thank you ladies for your inspiration.


Friday, 22 March 2013

Celtic Challenge 24

Celtic Challenge 24

Well this is the last in the series of Celtic Knot Designs beginning with a square. 

My Patterns I have used here are:

Spiral Foliage             - a variation
Waves Crashing         - a variation
Worm Grass
Half Flower                 - a variation
Full Flower                  - a variation
Tangles                      - a variation
Zig Zag Centre           - new & a variation
Overgrown                 - new

Overgrown Distructions

Zig Zag Centre Distructions

Celtic Challenge A

Copy the outline below and add patterns and colour if you wish.

Celtic Challenge 24 B

Follow the distructions below to draw your Celtic Design. 
You do not have to follow my design exactly. Come up with your own variations if you wish. 

Draw in pencil a Square with each side extended past the corner.

Starting from one extension, draw a line to any of the other extensions. Repeat this step with all extensions.

Draw a continuous line parallel to the line in the diagram.

Draw the alternating cross over sections.

Redraw the whole diagram in ink and rub out any pencil lines that are showing.

Decorate your design.

Once you have your design finished, add it to my Mr Linky so that we can all enjoy the results.


Saturday, 16 March 2013

More Trading Card Patterns

More Trading Card Patterns


Here are  more patterns. All very similar in look, but constructed differently.

Flames Distructions

Ripples Distructions

Flame Tree Distructions

I hope you find these patterns useful. I enjoyed using them. They tend to have a striking effect, so they will be the main feature if you use them. Definitely not a background pattern.


Tuesday, 12 March 2013

New Patterns for Trading Cards

New Patterns for Trading Cards

I have been involved in a Trading Card Swap on Facebook. We had to draw up 24 Trading Cards. For those people like me who had never had anything to do with Trading Cards before, a Trading Card is a doodle of 2.5 x 3.5 inches, which is approximately 7 x 9 cm.

There were 25 people involved and we were sent their names and addresses so we could send each person on the list 1 card that we had designed. 

I am just about to send out the 24 Cards that I did. 

While doing these cards I came up with a lot more new doodle patterns. I intend to post a couple of cards at a time for you along with distructions of the new patterns I used.  

I hope you find these patterns useful.

Tangles Distructions

Ying & Yang Distructions

Ragged Rays Distructions

Pods Distructions

Peeps Distructions


Friday, 8 March 2013

Celtic Challenge 23

Celtic Challenge 23

Last fortnight I introduced a new way to draw simple Celtic Outlines ready to doodle. This next outline is a variation of the same construction.

Below is the finished design.

My patterns I have used here are:

Hilly - 2 variations
Sunrise - 2 variations

The other pattern I have used here is in the center.  I have used this pattern for a long time in many variations and I know I found it on the internet. I am unsure of its name, but if someone can let me know in the comments I will give credit where it is due, as this has been a very useful pattern for me.

Celtic Challenge 23 A

Copy the outline below and decorate it.
Celtic Challenge 23 B

Using the destructions below, draw you own celtic outline. It can be the same as mine or a variation.

Celtic Challenge 23 Drawing Distructions

1. Draw the whole design in pencil first.

2. Draw a square, but extend each side of the square a little at each corner.

3. Draw whatever shaped line your like coming from one of the extensions to the next extension on the same side.

4. Draw continuous parallel line beside both continuous lines in this diagram.

5. Now in ink mark where you want the intersections to cross. Remember to alternate over and under.

6. You are not ready to ink in the rest of the design and rub out the pencil guide lines. My finished outline is in section 23A above.

I hope you enjoy your challenge this fortnight.